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The Animal Communication Tarot Spread by booksandtails

Animals are wonderfully expressive creatures, and as much as we can research each and every nuance of expression they have it’s sometimes still very hard to decipher what it is they are trying to tell us. This spread looks to help human and animal friend communicate. Good for new animal friends you are trying to understand better.

Card 1: You. This is what the animal views you as right now. Who are you to them and what have you been representing to them. 

Card 2: The Animal. This is how they are currently viewing themselves and their current feelings.

Card 3: One thing your animal would like you to acknowledge about yourself.

Card 4: One thing the animal would like you to acknowledge about your relationship with it.

Card 5: One thing the animal would like you to know about its intended future relationship with you.

Card 6: What the animal’s hope going forward is.

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I know everyone is busting out their spreads for 2015, and here is another one. 😉

In fact, this is the first of THREE brand new layouts just in time for the new year. The other two will be revealed in the coming days. Obviously, I wanted to give you something a little different. This spread is personal (as usual) in that I don’t really feel you have to completely reinvent yourself because a certain date rolls around.

So, this spread focuses on adding on and improving the good things about yourself as we head into 2015! Keep the awesomeness rolling. 🙂

Card meanings (from left to right):

1: Something good from 2014
2 (sideways card): Something not-so-good from 2014
3: You, currently
4 (bottom): How to improve in material matters
5 (middle): How to improve emotionally
6 (top): How to improve spiritually
7: What NOT to change!

Using Only Parts Of Your Tarot Deck

The beautiful thing about a standard 78 card tarot deck is that the owner essentially has three decks all in one.

The Major Arcana
There are many decks that are solely created with only the major arcana cards while other times there are many diviners who exclusively use the major arcana. The major arcana, or trump cards, is the set of 22 cards that tell the Fool’s Journey or the evolution of consciousness. The use of only the the major arcana is beneficial when diviners want to learn the tarot at their own pace. Some diviners find it overwhelming to learn the 78 cards at once so they learn and divine with the majors first and then introduce the minor arcana gradually.

When using the major arcana only, you can use multiple cards to answer a single question. One common misconception is that when using a major arcana only deck, you can only divine about major life events, but that is not the case. You can divine as you normally would, even implementing card combinations and reversals to essentially give you the feel of a standard deck or oracle feeling deck. You can use the major arcana cards to divine just as you would the standard deck.

For longer spreads, you can have card combinations “do double duty”, or shorten the spread to suit your needs.

Another misconception is that because of the limited amount of cards, information divined would somehow be limited. There are about as many major arcana cards as there are runes, and diviners can give great readings with runes.

The decision to use only the major arcana is absolutely personal. It is important to point out that there is no right or wrong way.

The Minor Arcana
The minor arcana is the portion of 56 cards, broken p into four suits that deal with the various aspects of daily life. The benefits of using only the minor arcana can be to divine for many things, but not limited to, what is happening in our mundane lives, life lessons, daily experiences, life influences, etc. Using only the minor arcana can also be beneficial when breaking the deck into suits and diving about a specific subject matter.

Cups: emotions, relationships, artistry, and intuition
Wands: career, creativity, passions, and energy
Pentacles: business, education, material things, and wealth
Swords: intellect, logic, communication, and ideas

The Court Cards
Made up of sixteen cards, representing the four suits as they associate and intermingle with one another. The court cards represent the archetypes of our lives, representing who we are and those we know. Using a court card only deck can be beneficial when diving about personalities, physical characteristics, or used as a significator deck when combined with another part of the deck.

 

Recycling Tips For Greener Witchery

Being a Green Witch is not only brewing nice oils or creating incenses; much more important than those things is the belief that Nature is our true and only source, and that it must be respected and cared for as much as possible. Both for rural or urban witches, reducing our waste and recycling are the biggest steps into a greener, more conscious living, and the ones who make a true Green Witch in my opinion. Here are some helpful and very cheap (if not free) tips that we use on our daily life:

The Garden
– Save the water of boiling potatoes and eggs and water your plants with it. Not only this reduces your water waste, that water is full of nutrients for your plants.
– Any herbal debris from your herbal garden can be saved and used to make “compost tea”: cut all leaves and stems in small pieces with scissors and place them in a piece of fabric (thrifted sheets are perfect). Add a stone or any other heavy object and tie the fabric to make your “tea bag”. Place it on a bucket of water, cover the bucket and leave in a warm place for a few days. Your herbs will love this water! This always works best with fresh herbs.
– Don’t throw away that nettles after you’ve weeded them! Not only they have wonderful properties for your health, they also make the best cold infusion to fill your plants with nutrients.
– Coffee grounds and powdered eggshell make a wonderful organic fertilizer.
– To keep you plants free from most bugs, spray the plants with a garlic infusion; boil the water, put on the garlic cloves (as many as you want, I use a full clove head per gallon of water) and let it sit until it’s back to room temperature. Then, add a glass of apple vinegar and spray your plants with it, specially under the leaves. Most bugs will starve to death as they hate the taste of the infusion. Once you have ended with the bugs, “shower” the plant spraying clean water, to get rid of any residual taste. Note: do this only when you have bugs or you’ll end up with garlic flavoured herbs.

Feathered And Furry Spirits
– Your local birds need extra food on the winter, mainly carbohydrates to create fat to survive the cold season. Make bird food for them recycling stale cereals, muesli, cookies, cakes and bread. Mush your leftover mix to very small pieces and add two teaspoons of honey and a powdered eggshell for extra calcium intake.
– Place some extra bird houses on the warmest wall of your garden. Birds always avoid air drafts, so keep that in mind.
If you have a garden, you can also place sheltering places for animals. Wooden boxes, old buckets, just use your imagination! Leaving a little of your pet’s food outside is no big waste and could help animals who are breeding to avoid starvation.
– Don’t forget your local shelters! Most of them accept donations of all kind, from old blankets, leashes, rubber toys… even if you can’t afford to give money, there is always something we can contribute with.

Moonstone

Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which “is”. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light. So it Helps with changing structures of ones life on the physical, mental, emotional spiritual levels. Known as “The Traveler’s Stone” is a talisman of good fortune. Facilitates tenderness within brings forth happiness to the environment in which one resides. There is so much to this stone! it also It is a powerful healing stone for women for its effects on the sacral chakra as it balances hormones, alleviates menstrual pain, promotes fertility & ensures easy pregnancy & delivery. Its powers benefit the lymphatic & immune systems, aid thyroid problems & improve digestion. Its magic brings inner harmony to its wearer by diminishing anxiety/worry & promoting a youthful attitude into old age.

Wand Blessing

Through the strength of the Elements
Light of the Sun, Empower this wand.
Radiance of the Moon, Empower this wand.
Splendor of Fire, Empower this wand.
Speed of Lighting, Empower this wand.
Swiftness of Wind, Empower this wand.
Depth of the Seas, Empower this wand.
Stability of the Earth, Empower this wand.
Firmness of Rock, Empower this wand.
I Charge and Empower this wand.
So Mote It Be.